Sarcoidosis masquerading as an acute coronary syndrome

Todd Dorfman, John Canales, Irfan Farukhi, Darren K McGuire

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Sarcoidosis is a common multisystem granulomatous disease that affects 20 per 100,000 people in the world. Although primarily a pulmonary disease, sarcoidosis can affect multiple organ systems. Cardiac involvement of sarcoidosis is most commonly manifested as ventricular ectopy and arrhythmias; atrioventricular conduction disturbances, including complete heart block; congestive heart failure; and even may result in sudden death. Although myocardial infarction is most commonly the result of epicardial coronary artery disease, an infiltrative process such as sarcoidosis may simulate an acute coronary syndrome. Given the high prevalence of sarcoidosis, it is important to be aware of the myriad of cardiac manifestations of this infiltrative process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-259
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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